Today we are going to discuss one of the worst problems facing the aging population in America. A problem that is normally pushed under the rug of polite conversation, hidden in the armoire of good manners, covered up with the white lacy table cloth of graciousness and the little hand tatted doilies of courtesy. A problem that is not going to go away if ignored, a problem that needs to be discussed. That's right, aging Americans are getting older, and there are serious problems involved. Ask any old person what the biggest problem with aging is and they will tell you, it is growing older, it stinks!
If you don't think aging is a real problem just take a look at Keith Richards (but don't look too long, it is kind of like staring into the sun, it will burn your retinas). Of course, in the social media jargon of the aging he is what is called an "extreme ager," one of those sickening over-achievers that has to age faster and more completely than anybody. In fact, he is going to receive the Life Time Achievement Award from the AARP at the convention in Tampa Bay next year, if he lives that long, and the old folks at the AARP* can remember where they put the award, and who Keith Richards is, and that they are having a convention in Tampa Bay.
Besides the aesthetically negative effects aging, there are other issues, almost as important. Old people can no longer dress in cool clothes. Well, they can, but their children will ridicule them.** Kids can be so cruel.
Almost as tragic, is the declining health, and decreasing physical abilities. Instead of opening a bag of potato chips (ambrosia, for sure), pouring some in a bowl, closing the bag, putting it in the cupboard, and politely snacking, one chip at a time while catching the game (like wives everywhere prefer), an aging person is so exhausted, and sore from opening the bag (are these childproof bags, or what?) all they can do to crawl out to the recliner, and eat the whole bag.***
So, before you get any older think about it, there are some real thorny issues involved. But, the choice is yours. You were warned though, so don't come whining to us.
* Just kidding, I am a member of AARP, and love the free donuts membership provides.
** Just ask my kids, who are among the most cruel.
*** Dammit, I can't believe I forgot to grab a beer, "hey is anybody here, someone go get me a beer, please."
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Aging, Is It Right For You?
There is not much to say, but, for those who find any offense, please remember these are only stories, jokes, and have no relation to reality. Kind of like life.
I like life, and hope it lasts a long time, but it does require some explanation, that is why these blogs exist. To help people navigate times and events that make no sense.
Here are a few places you can find a few things.
The Original Life Explained. Where it all started, a little rambling and a lot of nothing important.
Life Explains The End Views on humanity's race to self extinction. I hope I am wrong.
Life Explains Smiles Because everybody likes it when you smile.
Life Explains Aging Getting older is not always easier, but it is worth the effort. And a few small things can make it much more pleasant.
Life Explains Traveling and Commuting Mostly commuting. Driving bugs me and working bugs me so driving to work is the ultimate insult of modern life, and I like to complain.
Life Explained Explores History. The real problem with history is there is so much of it. It is all over the place. But, if you take the time to look at the small pieces it is fascinating.
Life Explains Music Music is a universal language. I like guitar based rock and roll, but there is a little bit of a lot here.